Grace & Truth FarmsOwner: Zach Brown
7062 S 400 W
Rossville, IN 46065
6899 S 450 W
Rossville, IN 46065
daytime phone: (765) 589-1328
evening phone: (765) 589-1328
Web site: http://www.graceandtruthfarms.com
Application Date: 2017-11-14
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are Market gardeners and small scale livestock farmers in IN. We would like a certification to give our produce more credibility at the farmers market and in our CSA.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your livestock operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Farmer to Farmer podcast
- Your application will be reviewed AFTER we receive a valid Feed Declaration for your farm. We ask you to submit the Feed Declaration within ONE MONTH to ensure your application isn't denied. Check this box to indicate you understand this. *
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total farm acreage to be used for pasture and feed crops *
- Number of above acres that you own: *
- Number of above acres that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Other (please specify below):
- If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
- Vegetable production
- Please check all items you grow and would like to market as Certified Naturally GrownTM (to certify produce, please complete the separate produce application) *
- Please Specify Any Other Items:
- Quail for meat and egg production
- Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *
- Please Specify Other Markets:
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- BCS rototiller
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- buckwheat, field pea, serial rye
- Do you use Compost? *
- Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- local wood chip tree trimming service and local horse farm. Mix together and compost before applying.
- Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
- 1" deep on vegetable beds. 1 ton per acre of pasture
- Do you use Manure? *
- Please list any other brought in fertility sources that you use (specific rock powders, lime, soybean / alfalfa meal, specific purchased pre-mixes, etc)and how often it's used. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s.
- Soilmaker compost (soilmaker.com)
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
- 7/2016 - liberty herbicide
- Describe your primary weed problems and methods of control. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient(s), what kind of product it is (a soap, microbial, oil, a botanical...), and how often it's used. *
- barnyard grass & Johnson grass - controlled through tillage, hand weeding, and intensive rotational grazing.
- Describe your primary plant pest problems and methods of control. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s, what kind of product it is (a soap, microbial, oil, a botanical...), and how often it's used. *
- cabbage loopers, flea beetles, & squash bugs - crop rotation is the primary method of controlling these pests.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- on farm deep well
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Livestock Management and Practices
- Please list all livestock for which you seek certification by type/breed, and indicate how many of each are on the farm today (for example: belted galloways - 20, nubian goats - 5, orpington chickens - 7, frizzle chickens - 3) For animals that have not yet been stocked for the season (e.g. poultry or piglets) please estimate how many you expect to have on farm during the upcoming season. Only list livestock that are (or will be) managed according to CNG standards. *
- Cornish Cross chickens (broilers) - none on farm today. Typically raise 500/year Berkshire Hogs - none on farm today. Typically raise 10/year Layer chickens - 150 on farm today Japanese Coturnix Quail - none on farm today. Typically rais 100/year Turkey - none on farm today. Typically raise 25/year (Note on source of livestock: day old chicks are purchased from Schlecht Hatchery (http://www.schlechthatchery.com/). Day old turkeys are purchased from Mt. Healthy Hatchery (http://www.mthealthy.com/). Feeder pigs are purchased from Double M Farms in Mulberry, IN (Mark Hufford). The feeder pigs are organically raised on pasture before they come to us. They grow their own feed using organic practices and they purchase organic feed from the same mill we use. None of the feeder pigs that come to us have been medicated. If any need medications (i.e. pneumonia), the farmer will medicate them and then sell them to conventional farmers.)
- I affirm that all livestock listed on this application are raised according to Certified Naturally Grown standards. I further affirm that I will not represent ANY livestock products as Certified Naturally Grown if they have not been raised according to the standards required by Certified Naturally Grown. Any livestock treated with antibiotics or other prohibited substances will be quarantined and sold separately. All livestock are fed feed grown according to CNG standards - without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and free of any genetically modified grains (GMOs). *
- Have all the livestock been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or since hatching? *
- Give brief details of your rotation practice for each type and/or group of livestock. (E.g. heifers strip grazing behind electric fence moved daily, 28 day rotation, poultry rotated weekly - 3 pens.) *
- All livestock is raised in an intensive rotational grazing approach. Broiler chickens, quail, and turkeys are raised in chicken tractors and moved to fresh pasture every day Hogs are raised in the woods and moved to a new paddock every 3-6 days. Layer hens have a coop where they are kept at night and then released into different paddocks that are offshoots of that coop in a star formation.
- Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
- Do the animals listed above include poultry? *
- Do your poultry either (a) have a minimum of five square feet per bird of natural, grassy outdoor space or (b) do they have at least two square feet per bird and get moved at least one time per day to fresh new pasture? *
- Do your livestock spend most of their time on pasture during the growing season? *
- Is all feed grown according to Certified Naturally Grown standards (without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or post-harvest fungal treatments)? *
- For all livestock you seek to certify, please provide more information about the feed. Is it grown locally for you? Purchased in bulk at a mill? Bagged at the feed store? Is it Certified Organic? What brand, if any? *
- Certified organic feed purchased from http://centralindianaorganics.com/
- Do you buy in some feed? *
- Will you be sure to submit a Feed Supplier Declaration within two weeks? (download it at naturallygrown.org/feed) Please note: when the big name brand companies say their feed is "Natural" that does not mean that they are grown according to CNG standards. It probably means they do not add antibiotics, which is a good start, but very likely the feed was grown with synthetic fertilizers and using genetically modified seeds. *
- Describe your primary livestock pest problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual pest challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
- Fox, racoon, possum, hawks, and owls. Chickens, quail, and turkeys are raised in chicken tractors that protect from most predators. The most common parasite for pigs is roundworm and whipworm. We control these with intensive rotational grazing and diatomaceous earth mixed into their feed. For chickens the most common pest is poultry lice. We control this with diatomaceous earth dust baths for the chickens and moving chickens to fresh pasture everyday.
- Describe your primary livestock disease problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual disease challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
- Primary diseases or illnesses in chickens, turkeys, and quail are heart attacks and heat stroke. We manage for this with restricting feed, improving ventilation through the chicken tractor, and always having plenty of water. Primary disease or illness in hogs is pneumonia. We mitigate this by not raising hogs in the winter.
- Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
- We do not medicate our livestock. If we had to for some reason, we would separate them from the flock/herd in a special pen and only use them for our personal consumption.
Seeds and Buffers
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.) and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
- Conventional farm field. conventional fertilizer, pesticide, and herbicide used in corn and soybean production.
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- Please describe your buffer. Be specific. On all sides, how far is it from your livestock pasture to the next closest use (i.e. road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Specify what is grown on neighboring land in agricultural use. For example: To the north and east, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from the neighbor's corn fields, to the south is a fallow field at least 100 yards deep separating us from a blueberry farm, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
- Our buffer strip is 30 ft wide and borders our property on 2 sides (where conventional fields border us). The south side, and the east side. The buffer strip runs the entire length of each side and was part of an NRCS EQIP grant to prepare us for Organic certification. To the north of us is a 10 acre woods that has NOT been treated with chemicals. To the west of our land is a conventional farm separated from us by a road. The road is approximately 30' wide. Our garden beds and pasture are approximately 200' from the road.
- Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by checking the boxes.
- I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that livestock not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally GrownTM. *
- I understand that I have to complete at least one (and hopefully more) Certification Inspection(s) of another ranch or farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same rancher or farmer that inspected me. *
- I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown livestock certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. I understand that if I have any questions I may contact CNG for clarification. *
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- Our farm was converted in 2016 from a conventional non-gmo grain farm to a small scale vegetable and pastured livestock farm. We have been farming to organic standards ever since.